The BEST Episodes of Expedition Unknown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

Egypt's Lost Queens

#1 - Egypt's Lost Queens

Season 4 - Episode 8

Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

star 8.35
131 votes
Great Women of Ancient Egypt

#2 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt

Season 4 - Episode 7

Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.

star 8.27
124 votes
Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

#3 - Deciphering the Last Nazi Code

Season 6 - Episode 1

Josh Gates ventures into the former Third Reich in search of an elusive Nazi fortune hidden with a code allegedly created by Hitler's private secretary, and embedded into a piece of sheet music.

star 8.27
101 votes
America's Lost WWII Hero

#4 - America's Lost WWII Hero

Season 6 - Episode 7

Josh Gates explores the case of lost World War II hero Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins of the Women Air Force Service Pilots, who went missing when her P-51 Mustang crashed. Josh joins search teams using cutting-edge technology to bring the lost hero home.

star 8.23
56 votes
The Hunt for the Golden Owl

#5 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl

Season 6 - Episode 8

Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.

star 8.19
43 votes
Lost City of El Mirador

#6 - Lost City of El Mirador

Season 5 - Episode 2

Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.

star 8.17
125 votes
Pyramid of Legends

#7 - Pyramid of Legends

Season 5 - Episode 1

Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".

star 8.15
140 votes
Hunt For The Metal Library

#8 - Hunt For The Metal Library

Season 4 - Episode 6

Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.

star 8.12
134 votes
Legend of the Crystal Skull

#9 - Legend of the Crystal Skull

Season 6 - Episode 6

Josh Gates enters Central America's jungles to investigate the legendary crystal skull discovered by a renowned adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Josh probes whether the skull is an invaluable relic or archaeology's tallest tale.

star 8.12
68 votes
Nazis in Argentina

#10 - Nazis in Argentina

Season 5 - Episode 3

Josh ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II.

star 8.10
124 votes
Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

#11 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

Season 3 - Episode 17

Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.

star 8.09
184 votes
The Secret

#12 - The Secret

Season 4 - Episode 4

Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.

star 8.09
137 votes
Finding Fenn's Fortune

#13 - Finding Fenn's Fortune

Season 2 - Episode 6

Josh joins a treasure hunt searching for a $2,000,000 treasure planted in the modern day. He attempts to decode the clues of the treasure's location by following a cryptic poem, leading him deep into the harsh Rocky Mountains.

star 8.08
153 votes
Atlantis of the Andes

#14 - Atlantis of the Andes

Season 6 - Episode 3

Josh Gates dives into a mystery below South America's Lake Titicaca. During the investigation, Josh discovers multiple structures of the ancient Tiwanaku people, including ruins hidden in the lake's depths, dubbed "The Atlantis of the Andes".

star 8.08
96 votes
Lost Gold of Scotland

#15 - Lost Gold of Scotland

Season 6 - Episode 4

Hunting for a lost cache of gold, Josh Gates heads to the Scottish Highlands. His search focuses on a huge gold reserve hidden after the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 and never recovered. Josh joins treasure hunters chasing a new lead across the Highlands.

star 8.04
91 votes
Mysteries of Jesus

#16 - Mysteries of Jesus

Season 6 - Episode 2

Josh Gates journeys to the Holy Land to find out where Jesus was born; his investigation leads to potentially explosive revelations that may change people's understanding of Jesus' origin story.

star 8.04
99 votes
Viking Secrets

#17 - Viking Secrets

Season 4 - Episode 1

From Denmark and Iceland to the United States and Canada, Josh Gates treads into Viking territory in an effort to unlock answers to their most enduring secrets, including how they attained and sustained their power and how far they really traveled.

star 8.03
154 votes
India's Atlantis

#18 - India's Atlantis

Season 3 - Episode 16

Josh Gates travels to India in search of Dwarka, a mythical kingdom swallowed by the ocean. To find find evidence that the golden city is real, Josh dives into the Arabian Sea and visits a dig site that could rewrite history.

star 8.02
189 votes
Vikings In America

#19 - Vikings In America

Season 4 - Episode 2

Josh traces the Vikings' westward expansion from the volcanic landscape of Iceland to a mysterious settlement in Greenland; he aims to find out if the Vikings landed in the United States more than 500 years before any other Europeans.

star 8.01
140 votes
Lost Gold of Jean Lafitte

#20 - Lost Gold of Jean Lafitte

Season 5 - Episode 4

Josh Gates investigates the legends swirling around the storied life and death of French pirate Jean Lafitte who is reputed to have buried treasure at sites in coastal Louisiana.

star 8.01
112 votes
Nazi Gold Train

#21 - Nazi Gold Train

Season 2 - Episode 19

Josh heads to Austria to investigate one of the biggest secrets of the Third Reich.

star 7.99
148 votes
Samurai Sword of Power

#22 - Samurai Sword of Power

Season 1 - Episode 11

Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.

star 7.98
132 votes
Lasseter's Gold

#23 - Lasseter's Gold

Season 3 - Episode 8

Josh Gates sets off deep into the Australian Outback, following the footsteps of legendary explorer Harold Lasseter, who claims to have found a vast field of gold. On the trail with two of Australia's foremost Lasseter experts, Josh follows the clues that ultimately lead to a breathtaking conclusion.

star 7.97
186 votes
Mahogany Ship

#24 - Mahogany Ship

Season 5 - Episode 5

Josh goes down under to search along Australia's infamous Shipwreck Coast for the missing Mahogany Ship. Confirming the vessel's existence could rewrite Australia's history.

star 7.95
106 votes
Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers

#25 - Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers

Season 5 - Episode 7

After more than a decade of searching, the mystery behind the missing pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the most-watched film of all time "The Wizard of Oz" has been solved.

star 7.95
56 votes